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IsraeLinks: December 26th, 2017 – January 7th, 2018
Onward IsraeLinks Summe 2018: Dates TBA
IsraeLinks is unique among Israel trips. While we will be staying in some of the same cities you are familiar with from Birthright, you can expect to visit many unique sites that you have never heard of before. Additionally, in-depth historical and cultural lessons will bring these sites to life in a vivid, unprecedented manner.
Get out your hiking gear and camping equipment and get ready to face Israel's magical north!
TZFAT (SAFED) & TEVERYA (TIBERIAS)
Located in the hills of the Galilee overlooking the sea below, Tzfat has long been a center of Jewish mysticism and intrigue. This ancient city is full of stone alleys, rich history, and colorful legends. Experience “the City of Kabbala”. See her picturesque shuls. Meet her famous Mystics. Experience Israel’s beautiful coastal town situated on the banks of Israel’s famous Lake Kinneret.
GOLAN & ROSH HANIKRA
Hike through the Golan Heights to glimpse Israel’s borders and her neighbors. Listen as it tells the heroic stories of the defenders of the Golan. Rosh Hanikra is in the northwestern corner of Israel, at the Lebanese border. The white chalk cliffs offer a spectacular panoramic view of Haifa Bay, the hills of the Galilee and the Mediterranean. The grottoes were formed by the sea chipping away portions of the soft chalk rock over hundreds of years.
TEL AVIV & KEFAR CHABAD
Enjoy the modern, cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv, known as the “Paris of Israel”. Visit a unique agricultural town that also serves as the nerve center for Chabad educational and social activities in Israel.
Experience the incredible energy of Jerusalem!
MIGDAL DAVID & HAR HATZOFIM-MOUNT SCOPUS
The Tower of David is Jerusalem’s citadel, an historical and archeological site of world importance. This is a medieval fortress, with later additions. Its towers and ramparts offer splendid views of that part of Jerusalem where Old meets New, and East meets West.
The Hebrew word “hatsofim” and the Greek “scopus” both describe the fact that this mountain “looks over” Jerusalem from its heights. It was here that the Roman legions of Titus camped before capturing Jerusalem, as did the Crusaders in 1099 and the British forces in 1917. The Arab Legion captured this mountain in the War of Liberation but did not succeed in using it as a springboard for conquering Jerusalem.
SHABBAT AT THE KOTEL & JAFFA GATE
Encounter a magical Shabbat at the kotel. Enjoy spirited Shabbat services at Judaism’s holiest site, followed by a traditional Shabbat meal at the hotel.
The Jaffa Gate is a stone portal in the historic walls of Jerusalem’s Old City. It is one of 8 gates in Jerusalem’s Old City walls. The Jaffa gate opens to Jaffa Road that leads to Israel’s largest city, Tel Aviv. In ancient times, that road led to the port city of Jaffa, which is now just along the southern edge of Tel Aviv.